Everyday on my way to work, I drive by Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. It is a beautiful park with a shaded playground, a big pond with a bridge, a great walking path, and of course, great foliage. In the late Spring, I did Andrew’s first birthday shoot there, and couldn’t wait to come back and for family photos and Jack’s 3rd birthday photos when the leaves changed. Every year, I do a photo invitation for Jack’s birthday. But because his birthday is in December, I do the shoot a little early to take advantage of the fall colors. I also attempted to get a family picture this year using my tripod–lets just say that didn’t go well. We set out on Saturday afternoon to try to get to the park for golden hour. The park is about 25 minutes away with no traffic, and I foolishly thought there would be no traffic going into Boston on a Saturday afternoon. HA! Took us almost an hour to get there, and the sun was going down quickly. Of course, Jack decides he wants absolutely no part of anything I want to do, and pretty much threw a tantrum for the 20 minutes we were there. I managed to get a couple of AJ before the sun went down and we gave up. We decided to try again in the morning, so as soon as the boys got up around 7am, we loaded up the car and headed back to the park. This time, we assured cooperation by securing some Dunkin Donuts munchkins and the promise of some playground time if Mommy was allowed to get a few photos. Although it certainly didn’t feel like it at the time, I managed to get few good shots of them and was able to do Jack’s invitation and our Christmas card. And here they are….the first one of Andrew is from the first shoot, and the rest are from the following day.
Every year, we head to the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence with my cousin and his family. This year, my parents were visiting so they came along as well…as did about 10,000 other people. The crowd was crazy! We waited about a hour and half in line before we got to the start of the pumpkin trail. Andrew decided to take a snooze about half way through the trail, and Jack enjoyed the pumpkins from Daddy’s shoulders. There were a total of 8 adults and 4 kids in our group, and needless to say, in the dark with 10,000 other people there, we did not make it through all together. But that is what cell phones are forYou would think that with the Red Sox on TV, more people would have stayed home, but that was not the case. The weather was also usually warm, so that might have been why the crowd was so large. Afterwards, we all headed to Gregg’s for hot turkey sandwiches and apple crisp. The boys were up WAY past their bedtimes, and they were amazingly well-behaved the whole time. They both fell asleep within 2 minutes of getting in the car on the way home. It was a fantastic night with family, topped off with the Red Sox clinching the AL pennant! Here are some of the photos I took that night!
One of the themes in the Lifestyle photography blog circle this month was “morning routine,” so I set out this weekend to get some shots of Andrew at breakfast. We just moved AJ out of the high chair to a booster seat, so now he is in on the action at the dining room table (meaning he and Jack can now work together to make a huge mess). I think Charlie appreciates the move the most, though, because now he can just sit under the table between them rather than having to go back and forth looking for any “treats” the boys decide to share with him.
It has been feeling like Fall here so we made our first trip of the season to Tougas Farm in Northboro. We have been going to Tougas for fruit-picking pretty much since we moved to Worcester 7 years ago. They have a wide variety of fruits to pick from May-November, and we always have a good time. They have a small petting zoo, a playground, tractor rides out to the orchards, and of course apple cider donuts. They also have a ridiculous variety of apples. This time, we picked Macs, Courtlands, Shizukas and Honeycrisps. We will go back soon to get my favorite–Crimson Topaz, which aren’t ready until late in the apple picking season.
I will be posting once a week as part of a lifestyle photography blog circle with some fabulous fellow photographers–Jana Knupp, Betsy Kirby, Rebecca Orton, Amber Yarnevich, Carrie Nelson, Adrienne Russell, and Melina McConnaughy–be sure to go check out these ladies’ awesome work on their blogs!
Welcome to my blog! For my inaugural post, I am sharing some of the photos I took as part of a course over at Clickin Moms with the fabulous Ashley Spaulding. The feedback and weekly critique from Ashley, the teaching assistants, alumni helpers, and fellow classmates was extremely thoughtful and thorough, and has really helped me slow down and consider every aspect of the frame. I love lifestyle photography, and taking this course has reinforced that passion. I want my photographs to tell the stories of my children’s childhoods, and provide them with memories that they can eventually share with their children and grandchildren. And I want to be able to do that for other people–hence venturing into the photography business.
Taking this course has also made me realize how important it is to not only take the photos but to be in them too! My next photography goal is to make my tripod a permanent piece of furniture in our house I have a remote and a camera with wifi that can be controlled from my iPhone, so there are really no excuses! So look for those photos soon!